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Capital city: Avarua.
Currency: New Zealand dollars (in NZ$5, NZ$10, NZ$20, NZ$50, NZ$100) although there is some Cook Islands currency in circulation.
Cuisine: The Cook Islands enjoy a delicious range of fresh produce including fruit, vegetables and seafood. For a taste of some traditional dishes try Eke (octopus), puaka (suckling pig) and Ika Mata (raw fish marinated with lemon or lime, served with a coconut sauce).
Tipping etiquette: Tipping is not expected on the Cook Islands and locals can occasionally be offended by the practice.
Saying hello: Most islanders speak English, however a small number speak Rarotonga. Say “hello” or “kia orana”.
WHEN TO GO
As you’d expect from a tropical escape, the Cook Islands are generally warm and sunny all year round. It’s drier April to November, while there’s a chance of some refreshing rain between December and March – and the tropical showers can be a sight to behold. If you’re coming in April, the Dancer of the Year Contest is a spectacular event.
‘Island time’ is an old Polynesian tradition, and means ‘the clock moves slowly’. Service may be slower than you’re used to, but why worry – you’re here to relax.
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